Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I have been brought up in a world of buy, train, sell. It does not bother me one bit.
Of course I get attached, which drives me to train them well and find a good home for them; if I feel they wouldn't be suited for someone, I say so, and refuse to sell.
I am completely distraut about the whole Denny thing... as it turns out, Tiffany (FehrGroundRanch) has been an amazing friend through this whole thing and has offered a place for Denny to stay if I can't part with him.
When I look at a resale horse, I look for conformation, mind, pedigree and trainability. I am looking at making an investment. I don't let my emotions get in the way, it's a business decision. I am there to make a bridge between seller and hopefully a dream buyer.
In the end, it wasn't hard to let Dancer, Cinzano, or Maia go. They were investments. I cried a little at their parting, but at the end of the day, I don't really miss them, and I know all 3 are in GREAT homes.
The horse world that I'm in sees horses as disposable. Not enough training? Sell it and get a better one. Not winning enough? Sell and get a better one. Not tall enough? Sell and get a bigger one. Too old? Sell and get a younger one.
Yes, the mentality gets to me a bit, but it's the world I grew up in. My trainer told me from a very young age that if I ever got approached by someone at a show asking if my horse was for sale, to say yes, because you never know what they might offer.
When I look for a horse for ME, I go with my heart. That's what Denny was. I saw him and had to have him. He tugged at something in my heart. He is a horse I would be willing to take a financial loss on if I needed to rehome him, and would only concentrate on finding a good permanent home for. I didn't care that he was 300 pounds underweight or waay overpriced... I paid it because I could, and have not looked back since.
It's very hard to explain how I can differentiate things like that... I mean, I could never sell or give away my cats or dog... I don't know what makes horses different.
Hopefully this will change with my next horse.
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